Unleashing the potential of children, young people, and families are some of the priorities of the city of Casey. They support the strengthening of these people as they grow and participate in Casey community. In 2016 Census 109,471 children and young people aged 0-25 years living in the City of Casey, comprising over 37 percent of the population, an increase of almost 15 percent since the 2011 Census.
To ensure that they will have the result they want for these kids, the City of Casey runs these programs and events, and offer various services for children and young adults.
1. City of Casey Kindergartens
The city has 47 Kindergartens and was led by childhood professionals who use the most up-to-date research to ensure that children get the most out of their year at kindergarten.
2. Dads Matter
This program provides spaces for children to spend time connecting to their dad or the men who play an important role in their lives. This program also helps men and other father figures to develop their social network with dads, connect with their children together in fun activities, and recognise the important role they play in their family structure.
3. Maternal and Child Health Services
Every year, over 5,000 babies born in the City of Casey. Accordingly, they operate the largest Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Service in Victoria, with a passionate and professional team dedicated to helping the new and youngest residents get the best start to life.
Council’s MCH Service plays an integral role in supporting local families through their parenthood journey and making a difference to children’s early years.
4. Teenage School Holiday Program
The Casey Teenage School Holiday Program is for young people aged 10 – 17 years and offers fun, age-appropriate activities at reasonable prices like splat ball, kayaking, indoor climbing centres, and animal experience. It runs for two weeks per school holiday period. The program also offers workshops in various fields, such as cooking, sport, and crafts.
The program is popular with parents and teens alike, helping young people to get out and make new friends in safe environments. With flexible booking options and free, supervised transport, the program supports busy parents to juggle the demands of adulthood with the needs of their teenage children.
5. L2P Learner Driver Program
A partnership between the City of Casey, VicRoads and TAC, the L2P Learner Driver program helps young learner drivers who don’t have access to a supervising driver and/or vehicle due to financial or family circumstances. The aim is to help young people achieve their minimum of 120 hours of supervised driving experience required to obtain their licence.
6. Free youth counselling and support
Life isn’t all fun and games, and when the going gets tough, young people can benefit from our free, confidential counselling service for young people aged 10 – 25. Youth Counselling and Support team give young people someone to talk to when things are difficult to manage.
They also support parents and carers of young people who are experiencing difficulties or concerned about their child’s mental wellbeing.